Social Equity

Oct 9, 2023

A successful business does more than sell a great product. Companies like Niner Wine Estates that embrace the Business value of sustainability treat their employees and the community with care and respect.

Aug 17, 2023

Cliff Ohmart, Principal of Ohmart Consulting Services reflects on his 40-year career in agriculture.

Jul 6, 2023

When it comes to labor and employment, the best thing that you can do is be proactive, says Anthony P. Raimondo, Attorney, and Founder of Raimondo Miller A Law Corporation.

May 8, 2023

While telling your sustainable story serves a practical purpose in educating consumers about the real-world impact of your sustainable practices, it also goes deeper than that: it builds meaningful emotional connections.

May 4, 2023

One way that growers can farm sustainably for the future is through vineyard fleet management. Marc Di Pietra, Regional Service Maintenance Manager for Treasury Americas, a subsidiary of global wine company Treasury Wine Estates, is doing just that by exploring alternative fuel sources and automation.

Mar 13, 2023

Of the 3 Ps of Sustainability (People, Planet, and Prosperity), People is no doubt the most important one. Learn how Vineyard Team invests in the children of vineyard and winery workers through our scholarship program.

Nov 17, 2022

Vineyard Team’s Juan Nevarez Memorial Scholarship provides multi-year, higher education investments in the children of vineyard and winery workers on California’s Central Coast based on academic excellence, financial need, and community involvement. The majority of awardees are first-generation college students. This funding supports students and their families in achieving their dreams of successful graduation from a trade, or two- or four-year school to pursue a professional career.

Apr 8, 2021

Higher education is important to many students but paying for college can be challenging. The Vineyard Team Educational Scholarship helps college students whose parents work in members' vineyards and wineries achieve their dreams. The Smiths of Saxum and James Berry Vineyard, know that our people are vital to sustainability. Justin Smith tells the story of Juan Nevarez, a person instrumental in their wine business for over three decades, and their inspiration to donate to the scholarship fund in his name.

Aug 18, 2020
Monterey Wine Country

As we anticipate rolling blackouts throughout California in the next few days, it's time to take a few steps to prepare. During these multi-hour rolling blackouts, the significant issues for tasting rooms (and other guest serving businesses) relate to the continuation of guest service. (And of course - the safety of guests and employees are always the priority.)

Jun 18, 2020

While wineries can maintain business operations during COVID-19, day to day operations look much different than they did the first few months of 2020. Hear how three wineries are adapting to their new way of doing business.

Jun 3, 2020

Agricultural operations with outdoor workers are required to implement their high heat procedures once the temperatures start going up.

May 1, 2020

Due to catastrophic wildfires in California, you may wonder how this impacts your insurance policies.

Apr 30, 2020

How does the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 impact your insurance policies?

Jan 16, 2020

Lauren Noland-Hajik, Attorney and Lobbyist at Kahn, Soares & Conway gives an update on new policies that affect the wine industry including the Water Resiliency Plan and how it affects Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; regulating power shutoffs to prevent wildfires; anticipated regulations on pesticides; and impending labor law changes.

Jul 12, 2019
Amy Wolfe, MPPA, CFRE - President and CEO, AgSafe

What Every Grower Needs to Know. As harvest gets underway for some and is in full swing for others, the issue around having sufficient labor persists.

Jun 20, 2019

Kacy Smith, Health and Wellness Coordinator & Michael Parola, Assistant Ranch Manager and Sustainability Director, Smith Family Wines talk about the social equity component of sustainability at Smith Family Wines.

Dec 20, 2018

Kris Beal, M.S., Executive Director of Vineyard Team, recounts some of the history of the organization, it’s current activities and what the future holds in store.

Sep 20, 2018

Marc Lea, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, San Luis Obispo County Ag and Lottie Martin, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office talk about using pesticides safely and recycling pesticide containers.

Aug 29, 2018
Jacob Hernandez & Craig Macmillan, PhD

In winegrowing regions with insufficient rainfall, the importance of a well-functioning irrigation system cannot be overstated. Here are some of the most common problems found with drip irrigation systems in vineyards and some practical solutions.

Aug 21, 2018
Ashley Poupart

Ashley Poupart explores why sustain practices are important to the wine and winegrape industries followed by an overview and comparison of the major sustainability certifications available to vineyards.

Aug 21, 2018
Bart Haycraft 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager for Jackson Family Wines Los Alamos, walks through all of the vineyard operations he has mechanized on his ranches including weed control, canopy management and efficient harvesting. Q&A for this session is found here:

Aug 21, 2018
Bart Haycraft 2017 Sustainable Ag Expo

Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager for Jackson Family Wines Los Alamos, answers questions about the vineyard operations he has mechanized on his ranches including weed control, canopy management and efficient harvesting. The full session is found here:

Aug 9, 2018
Stephanie Bolton and Craig Macmillan Aerial Imaginig Workshop

A list of vendors compared on 10 variables.

Aug 2, 2018

Betsey Nash, owner of Nash HR Services, brings the listener up to speed on best hiring practices, HR regulations and HR best practices.

Jul 20, 2018
Sustainable Winegrowing Podcast

Check out some favorite episodes Here are ten episodes of the Sustainable Winegrowing podcast you don’t want to miss.

Jul 3, 2018
Eric Sill, Director of Environmental Health and SafetyThe Wonderful Company Night Work Safety Tailgate June 28, 2018

A template of a manual for night work safety procedures, requirements and record-keeping. An excellent tool for training and documentation.

Jul 3, 2018
Eric Sill, Director of Environmental Health and Safety,The Wonderful Company Night Work Safety Tailgate June 28, 2018

Use this handy worksheet to record the illumination of the lights on a piece of farm equipment. Identify areas where more illumination is needed and document that you have assessed your equipment for night safety.

Jul 3, 2018
Various Night Work Safety Tailgate June 28, 2018

Three safety handouts from the Shade Cloth and Night Safety Tailgate held June 28, 2018 at Monterey Pacific, Inc., Soledad, California.

Jun 21, 2018

Beth Wonson, Founder & CEO of Beth Wonson and Company shares her wisdom about communication in the workplace.

Jun 18, 2018
AgSafe Fact sheet

The safety rules and regulations governing working at night as of June, 2018. In English and Spanish.

Apr 19, 2018

Marc Lea, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner of County of San Luis Obispo and George Donati, General Manager, Pacific Vineyard Company, talk about the dynamics of ag-urban conflicts and how to maintain good relationships.

Mar 1, 2018
Pesticide Safety Education Program CDFA Publication

A list of topics that must be discussed during training sessions with employees over the course of the year as part of require Worker Protection Standard training. (Current as of March, 2018)

Feb 1, 2018

Amy Wolfe, President/CEO of AgSafe, discusses changes to the Worker Protection Standard including worker training, decontamination, and emergency response training.

Jan 11, 2018
San Luis Obispo County Agriculture Department

Contacts, definitions, and processes for disposing of pesticides (hazardous waste in San Luis Obispo County.

Oct 19, 2017

Many factors influence the number of people coming to the U.S. to work including the cost and danger of crossing the border and improved economic conditions in Mexico.

Aug 21, 2017
Craig Macmillan, PhD

Night harvesting has many benefits, but it also comes with its own safety concerns. Here’s how to keep your people safe this harvest.

Aug 10, 2017
Phillip Martin 2016 Sustainable Ag Expo

Dr. Phillip Martin, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Davis, discusses some of the factors that affect the supply of farm labor in the United States.

Jul 10, 2017

Sustainability rests on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Apr 27, 2017

On Jan 1, 2017, Worker Protection Standards (WPS) were updated. Here's what you need to know. In English and Spanish.

Dec 31, 1969

Headquarter Compliance by Ruby Espino of AgSafe, presented at the 2022 Sustainable Ag Expo.